I've been well and happy these last few days. Not perfect but as close as it gets. The side effects of the gabapentin which I'm taking for the neuropathy are wearing off, so I feel more like myself. I'm taking a rather large dose, but not the maximum and my pain is mostly under control. It comes and goes and is at least now at a level I can tolerate.
After attending my quilt guilds last UFO day today ( that always makes me happy), I got my bike out and went for a spin through some of the back trails.
It is so wonderful to see the trees leafing out and the blossoms opening. Although I don't have any smell, I can still breathe deeply with satisfaction imagining the sweet smell of new growth.
I saw and heard lots of wild life-- warblers, woodpeckers, squirrels, and a partridge that took his time ambling across the trail into the woods.
On a bank beside the trail I spied these odd puff ball shaped growths on an old stump. I walk theses trails many times, constantly astounded by something new each time. I've never seen these before.
They are some type of growths, and they don't seem fungus or mushroom like. They are hollow and papery to the touch. I shall have to do a search on the net to see if I can find them.
It pleases me no end to make these little discoveries, something I can do only when I decide to go for a little easy ride, looking around me as I go.
Besides my artistic expression which I write about on my other blog, this is how I cope with life and stress and chronic illness. I slow down and get outside for some movement and exploration. This is happiness.